I said all of that to get to this point: Christians should use this opportune time of year to tell everyone we know about the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Like the rest of my Christian brothers and sisters, I prefer "Merry Christmas" to any other greeting during this time of year; however, I don't let this issue get to me like the folks at AFA do (with all respect to James Dobson).
Yes, I know the secularists are trying to destroy Christianity and take Jesus out of everything. No, I don't appreciate it either, but it's been going on for centuries and Jesus warned us about it. What burns my bottom is some people actually believe that the "secularists" are going to somehow destroy Christianity.
If Jesus stated that hell cannot prevail against His church, what makes us think that Target is going to shut heaven down? And, since when do we let "them" dictate what we believe? If Best Buy wants to say "Happy Holidays" so be it. Their job is to sell televisions, not preach the gospel.
Last time I looked at my Criswell Study Bible, I'm sure Jesus was talking to his disciples (not Old Navy) when he said to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. As a matter of fact, Jesus would probably walk right through a boycott and into Bestbuy to tell them the Good News in a non-threatening way (after all, he did eat with tax collectors, prostitutes, and other rejected persons).
Just the other day, I heard a group of believers on the radio upset that the Christmas tree was now being called a holiday tree at a local merchant. Funny, I can't find any kind of Christmas tree, holiday tree, or any other festive plant in the Scriptures. Let folks call it what they want, but if they don't celebrate the Savior's birth, they don't deserve the privilege of owning a "Christmas" tree, nor the privilege of celebrating the season!
I said all of that to get to this point: Christians should use this opportune time of year to tell everyone we know about the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. If you know someone who has a "holiday tree," explain to them why you have a Christmas tree. Even a friendly "Merry Christmas" can brighten the day of a work-weary clerk at the store. Let's do "whatever it takes" to tell others why we celebrate December 25th. It's about the greatest gift of all -share it!